Chandigarh | Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced a cash reward of Rs 6 crore and a government job to Neeraj Chopra, who won India’s first Olympic gold medal in athletics. The star athlete from Haryana’s Panipat district created history by winning a gold medal in the javelin throw with a throw of 87.58m, becoming only the second Indian after shooter Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
Congratulating Chopra for her victory, Khattar said that she has not only won a medal but has also won the hearts of the entire nation.
He said, the country was waiting for this moment for a long time and the whole country is proud of him.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also congratulated Neeraj for his historic achievement in Tokyo.
The Chief Minister tweeted, Golden! Neeraj Chopra. You have created history and made the entire nation proud.
Your 87.58m winning throw will be part of the stalwarts of the track and field today. India is indebted to you! Jai Hind.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that Neeraj Chopra has made the entire nation proud with his historic performance in the Olympics.
He said, India has got its second gold in an individual events in Olympics after 13 years, which is a matter of pride for the entire country. It is a historic day for the country, as it is India’s first gold medal in Olympic athletics. Neeraj’s achievement will inspire the youth of the country to move forward in the field of sports.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted, What a wonderful victory! Neeraj Chopra recently won the first Olympic gold medal for India in athletics. The whole country is excited! Congratulations to Neeraj on this historic victory. You have inspired every Indian. Thank you.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also congratulated Chopra for the historic achievement.
Rahul Gandhi said on Instagram, Brilliant Neeraj Chopra. Today a billion hearts are beating for you and every Indian is proud of you.
Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, “Neeraj Chopra has won the gold medal. What a great performance. History has been created. India is proud of you. Congratulations.”